Vagabonding in China: Summary

My personal mantra even way before I ever started traveling has been: Always go where the action is. Love it or hate it, China is by far the place to find some serious action for your vagabonding needs. I was lucky enough to spend three adventurous months there in...

A Vagabond Halloween in China

Sim: “What is a good Halloween tradition in America?” Greg: “Hmmm…well carving faces into pumpkins is a very old tradition.” (I failed to mention that so is smashing them) Sim: “Really? Will you carve some pumpkins for the...

China and National Geographic

A bridge near Lijiang, China I used to actually abhor the stack of magazines sitting in my room queued for me to read when I returned home from a long trip. The mountainous pile, composed of freebies, trade journals, and three different flavors of National Geographic...

How Many Roads?

“How many roads must a man walk down…before you call him a man?” Bob Dylan asked that question years ago. I don’t know either, but I intend to walk all of them and will become a better man in the process. Now I find myself on an old familiar...

Beijing Pearl Market

Tourists. Bleh. Having spent hours and hours alone in China, I realized that a voice recorder would be nice to have. It is kind of a tool of the trade for writer-wannabes anyway, and I have had countless ideas for stories and details slip through the loose fabric of...

A Beijing Homecoming

The fluorescent light above my bunk came on without warning and obnoxiously broke me out of a nice dream. I could feel the momentum of the train slowing, which meant that it was time to go to ‘work.’ I rubbed the sleep out of my eyes, and by the looks of...